Canada Agri-Food Immigration Pilot (AFIP)

Agri-Food Immigration Pilot (AFIP)


What is AFIP

What is Agri-Food Immigration Pilot (AFIP)?

AFIP for short, is an immigration program for experienced non-seasonal worker, especially in meat processing and mushroom production. Launched in May 2020, it is planned to be implemented for three years. The language requirements of this immigration program are low, and the educational requirements only require high school or above.

There are three types of occupations eligible for the Canadian Agriculture Pilot Immigration Application.

  1. Manufacturer of meat products
  • NOC B 6311 – Retail Butchers
  • NOC C 9462 – Industrial Butchers
  • NOC B 8252 – Farm Supervisors and Professional Livestock Workers
  • NOC D 9617 – Food Processing Workers

2. Greenhouse, nursery and flower cultivation production

  • NOC B 8252 – Farm Supervisors and Professional Livestock Management Workers
  • NOC C 8431 – Regular Farm Workers
  • NOC D 8611 – Harvest workers

3. For animal production, excluding aquaculture:

  • NOC B 8252 – Farm Supervisors and Professional Livestock Management Workers
  • NOC C 8431 – Regular Farm Workers

Eligible Occupations

  • Accumulate one year of full-time Canadian work experience in eligible industries and occupations through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program;
  • Low language requirement CLB 4, English or French;
  • An eligible full-time Canadian job offer;
  • High school or above;
  • Have sufficient resettlement funds;
  • Maintain valid temporary resident status (if the applicant is already in Canada).

There is an annual limit to the number of applications for each occupation, on top of ensuring a range of workforce needs are met.

  • Farm Supervisor or Professional Livestock Worker (NOC B 8252) : 50
  • Butchers in industrial production (NOC C 9462) or butchers in retail trade (NOC B 6331) : 1470
  • Food processing workers (NOC D 9617) : 730
  • General farm worker (NOC C 8431) : 200
  • Harvest workers (NOC D 8611) : 300


  • No scoring/grading system;
  • No age limit, but preferably 18-53;
  • Low educational requirements, high school and above educational requirements;
  • Language requirement low CLB 4;
  • The federal pilot program has a relatively short trial period.

Submission Method

  • Can be applied online
  • Can be applied by mail. Mailing address: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Agri-Food Pilot Program Centralized Intake Office, PO BOX 8700 Sydney, NS B1P 0G2 Canada


Q: Which occupations or majors are suitable for this program? Can accounting, IT, etc. all apply?

A: The project has no occupational or major restrictions. Any major can apply, but it is best to have experience related to the project.

Q: Can I apply without any work experience?

A: No work experience is required when applying, and 1 year of work experience in a designated industry in Canada is required when submitting the Maple Leaf Card.

Q: What level is CLB 4 equivalent to IELTS?

A: It is equivalent to IELTS class G reading 3.5, writing 4, listening 4.5, speaking 4.0.

Q: Who is AFIP suitable for?

A: Candidates who meet the minimum requirements and have an eligible job offer from an employer in an eligible occupation are eligible to submit an application.

Q: Can my spouse apply for a work visa to find a job?

A: No. AFIP is mainly aimed at NOC C/D positions. The spouse cannot obtain an open work visa and can only enter the country with a tourist visa or accompanying student visa.


  • Service fees do not include government fees, translation fees, notarization fees, courier fees and other third-party fees



Processing Time

Program Categories Online On Paper
Canadian visa application processing time
Temporary Resident Visa
97 Days 97 Days
Visitor Record
82 Days 126 Days
Super Visa 94 Days 94 Days
Study Permit Made Outside Canada
10 Weeks 10 Weeks
Study Permit Made Intside Canada
4 Weeks 4 Weeks
Study Permit Extension 131 Days 63 Days
Post Graduation Work Permit Made Outside Canada 11 Weeks 11 Weeks
Post Graduation Work Permit Made Inside Canada 130 Days 17 Days
Briding Open Work Permit
130 Days 17 Days
Canadian immigration application processing time
Express Entry
5 Months 5 Months
Provincial Nominee Program
15 Months 15 Months
Self-employed Immigration
52 Months 52 Months
Federal Skilled Worker Program
5 Months 5 Months
Start-up Visa
37 Months 37 Months
Spouse/CommonLaw Sponsorship
12 Months 12 Months
(Grand) Parents Sponsorship
23 Months 23 Months
Canadian Citizenship/PR Card processing time
16 Months 16 Months
PR Card
66 Days 66 Days
PR Card Renewal
71 Days 71 Days

Recent Posts


About Us

We are a licensed immigration company that can legally represent clients in applying for study, work, visitor visa and immigration in Canada. We are composed of a number of licensed immigration consultants approved by the Canadian immigration regulatory authorities. Our business categories include Canadian skilled immigration, express entry immigration, sponsorship immigration, and self-employed immigration. Our characteristics: sincere and attentive, professional and efficient, low prices, high success rate, transparent information.